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Tuesday, 12 August 1902

Question - That the amendment requested be not made - put. The committee divided.

DIVISION:AYES 23 (3 majority) NOES 20 PAIRS 0
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Majority ... ... 3

 

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Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Item 50. Seed cotton, per cental, 4s.

Request.- That the words " For making methylated cotton-seed oil under departmental by-laws," be added to the special exemptions.

Amendment (by Mr. Kingston) proposed -

That the amendment requested be made.

Mr. CONROY(Werriwa).- I desire to remind the committee that it was upon this item that the Minister for Trade and Customs gave us such a remarkable exhibition of his ignorance of chemical facts. He told us then things which are not to be found in any work upon chemistry ; but, unfortunately, members opposite were led by the nose, and induced to put a duty of 4s. per cental upon cotton seed. I am surprised that he asks us to agree to this very moderate request of the Senate.

Motion agreed to.

Item 53. Starch and starchflours. . . . per lb., 2d.

Request.- That the words "including starch in powdered form" be inserted before the word "and;" and that the duty be reduced to½d.

Motion (by Mr. Kingston) agreed to -

That the amendment requested be made.

Item 54. Straw, per ton, 5s.

Request.- That straw be added to the special exemptions.

Amendment (by Mr. Kingston) proposed -

That the amendment requested be made.

Mr. BROWN(Canobolas). - Do the Government really propose to allow straw to be imported free of duty? I would remind them of the injustice which the acceptance of this proposal, according to their previous arguments in regard to the fodder and grain duties, will inflict upon the farmers of the Commonwealth.Furthermore, I would point out that straw is largely used in the strawboard industry, which we were told by a leading protectionist is the only country industry which was brought into existence by the protectionist policy of Victoria, and the proposal if agreed to would strike away one of the props of this industry. Is the Minister slipping on the question?

Motion agreed to.

Item 55. Table waters . . . including sparklets . . . ad valorem, 20 per cent.

Request.- That the words " including spark lets," be omitted, and that " sparklets " be added to the special exemptions.

Motion (by Mr. Kingston) agreed to -

That the amendment requested be made.







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